“That was sort of the inception,” Zayn continued. “Where I thought it could go was eventually, you get close and whatever, and it could all lead to a turn, and what a way that would be to turn. So I kind of had this idea of how it would go, I just didn’t think it would actually happen. In fact, even when the Bloodline stuff started, about two months in, I was like ‘OK, I don’t think this is going anywhere. I think maybe it’s time to go in a different direction.'” That changed when he and Reigns started sharing screen time, which started with an episode of “SmackDown” in his hometown of Montreal when the other Bloodline members weren’t present.
“Stars just kind of align, hey, we’re finally on screen together! And there’s some good chemistry and the crowd there obviously loves me, so that heightened everything, and that really gave it a whole new life,” Zayn said.
Although he didn’t necessarily see himself where he is now when this started, he did have confidence he’d get there if the story was told correctly. “It still exceeded my expectations, and I still didn’t think it would actually happen, so a lot — a lot!—has gone on,” Zayn said.
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